Shalane Flanagan

Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan work together to make U.S. Olympic team

Amy Cragg and Shalane Flanagan work together to make U.S. Olympic team

They trained together, dreamed together, pushed each other through grueling workouts when neither thought she could possibly run another inch. If Amy Cragg was too tired to lead the way one day, Shalane Flanagan would set the pace, knowing Cragg would take her turn the next time and strengthen the partnership they forged last October after Cragg moved from Providence, R.I., to run alongside Flanagan in Portland, Ore.

They shared pain and exhilaration, each feeling she would be incomplete if only one made the U.S. Olympic team for the Rio de Janeiro Games. In an individual sport they became a selfless team, sharing water bottles and cooling towels Saturday as they ran smoothly as 1...

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